Is it just me?
Or does fasting get harder the older you get? Having fallen out of the habit of having Suhoor (a pre-sunrise meal akin to breakfast, in case you weren’t in the know) when I’ve been fasting in recent years, I figured I would be fine skipping it this year too. My theory used to be that not eating set my body up for a day of fasting and actually reduced hunger levels since my stomach knew not to expect more food anytime soon.
Boy, was I wrong.
At about 12:30 on the first working day of Ramadan I found myself waning. A splitting headache and almost instant loss of the ability to focus kicked in as I found myself losing all hope of being a productive human being for the rest of the afternoon. Needless to say, it was a lesson learned the hard way.
As it turns out, I definitely need a suhoor meal to be able to (sanely) make it until the 7:00 pm sunset here in Abu Dhabi. After a week of experimentation with both savoury and sweet “breakfasts”, I found that the most successful suhoor meals are:
- High in protein
- Easy to prep/make – meaning no messing about with ovens and stovetops
- Easy on the digestive system to curb the discomfort that comes with sleeping on a full stomach
This smoothie, while incredibly simple – definitely fits the bill.
- 2 large frozen bananas
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
- 3-4 dates, pitted
- ½ tbsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp almond or peanut butter
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
- Blend all ingredients on high until smooth and creamy.
Quite frankly, this smoothie is another one of those “breakfast-meets-dessert” situations.
It’s unbelievably creamy, caramel infused on account of the dates (which are of the sukkari variety, if you’re wondering), but still substantial enough thanks to the chia seeds and oatmeal to call meal-sized.
When I make this smoothie, it’s one of the rare occasions where I will add protein powder to a non post-workout beverage, simply because the extra boost does help me stay fuller for longer.
It’s also wonderful with some cinnamon coconut date granola thrown in, but that’s another recipe, for another time.
Until next time, dear readers!